Assistant Professor at Department of Biomedical Sciences Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic assistant professor in the beta cell biology group for a 2-year position starting October 1, 2023.

The main task of the position is to conduct research within the area of pancreatic islets biology, including supervision of students. Teaching obligations include teaching in endocrinology for medical students.

Information on the department can be found at:

Our research

Our research group focuses on understanding the basic biology of the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas and how normal function of beta cells is defective in diabetes. We use cell and molecular biological approaches to address mechanisms of beta cell dysfunction including signal transduction, gene expression and epigenetic regulation. Our primary model system uses isolated pancreatic islets and animal models of diabetes and we study the effects of inflammatory signals on beta cell function. The overall aim is to identify targets and pathways that can prevent or reverse beta cells dysfunction in order to better treat or prevent diabetes.

We emphasize team work and encourage collaborations both within the group and with outside partners. We have a tradition of collaborating with groups both nationally and internationally and value an inclusive and open approach to research.  

Your job

Your tasks would primarily consist of planning and performing research within the area of beta cell biology. Much of the research will be conducted in teams consisting of technical staff, students, and post-docs.

Teaching obligation will include participation in the endocrinology course for medical students and consist of class room teaching.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • application for research funding
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here:

Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in biology, biochemistry or similar disciplines.
  • You are highly experienced working with primary pancreatic islets and analysis of function, gene regulation and signal transduction
  • You have an active interest in inflammation and cytokines and how these factors contribute to the development of diabetes
  • You have pre- and postgraduate teaching experience within endocrinology
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills

  • Experience with publication as first author
  • Experience with grant application

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and access to core facilities.

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 30 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years. The start date is October 1 2023 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact Nils Billestrup,;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  4. List of publications
  5. Teaching portfolio (If applicable)

Deadline for applications: 8 June 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Nils Billestrup


Application deadline: 08-06-2023
Employment start: 01-10-2023
Working hours: Part-time
Department/Location: Department of Biomedical Sciences

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